Friday, November 6, 2015

Kaneohe Neighborhood Board To Learn About Sewer Project, Haiku Valley Contamination

A new sewer project and Haiku Valley contamination are scheduled for discussion when the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, November 19. 
The Board also plans to hear a proposal for an adult day care home and may receive an update on the future of the Hawaii State Hospital. 
The meeting will take place in the cafeteria of Benjamin Parker Elementary School, 45-259 Waikalua Road, starting at 7 p.m. Click here for the full agenda.
New sewer project: The project will include the replacement or rehabilitation of approximately 250 feet of pipes and improvements to a pump station between Mikiola Drive and Kaimalu Place. Project representatives are working to inform area residents about potential disruptions from the project, which could last up to a year. Information is on the web at  
Haiku Valley contamination: The Army Corps of Engineers is planning to sample soil around a contaminated former landfill in Haiku Valley. The landfill contains toxic PCB’s and lead. The Corps of Engineers wants to determine how far from the landfill the toxic substances have traveled. A study in the 1990’s found PCB contamination from a now abandoned Coast Guard station in the Valley. 
Proposed adult day care home: The facility would be in a home at 46-329 Kumoo Loop. The Mizumoto family presented a plan for the facility at the Board planning meeting on October 6. 
State Hospital expansion: The Board voted in October to ask state officials for a status update about expansion plans for the Hawaii State Hospital. During the October meeting, the president of Windward Community College questioned whether the Hospital has the permits it needs to proceed with its plans. The hospital and college would like to expand on the same parcel of land.
Other items that the Board expects to discuss are a request by the Blake family to add a bus stop at or near the intersection of Kahinani Way and MokapuSaddle Road, and a proposal to change the date of Board planning meetings. The change would allow more time for the Board to communicate with residents before regular meetings. The Board currently holds a planning meeting on the first Tuesday of each month and a regular meeting on the third Thursday. 
The Neighborhood Board agenda also will include reports by the Honolulu Police and Fire Departments, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, elected officials and community organizations. Every meeting also includes agenda time for residents to share concerns and information with the Board.
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